Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychedelics, Neurodevelopment and Electrophysiology

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary Level B $113,184 p.a. + 17% superannuation
01 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 2 years fixed term position, located on the Camperdown Campus within the Drug Discovery Initiative Group
  • Opportunity to lead in vivo experiments that investigate how psychedelic molecules impact neurodevelopment
  • Base Salary Level B $113,184 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Drug Discovery Initiative and the School of Chemistry is seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow with prior experience in behavioural and molecular neuroscience. This exciting opportunity involves investigating how psychedelic molecules impact the neurodevelopment in preclinical models of disease. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Michael Kassiou, and Dr Eryn Werry from the Drug Discovery Initiative in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • establish, run and analyse the results of animal behavioural, biomechanics, electrophysiological field mapping and immunohistochemical assessments
  • coordinate activities so that experiments are prepared for and run smoothly, including coordination with the collaborators and academics
  • supervise a Research Assistant
  • administer drugs and handle animals in accordance with relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment
  • maintain a comprehensive, organised and up-to-date laboratory notebook detailing experimental records
  • provide research updates to the research team and prepare written reports after the completion of research milestones.

The Drug Discovery Initiative aspires to enable improved health outcomes through innovative drug discovery. Its mission is to design and develop innovative tools and techniques for identifying novel therapeutic targets, delivery mechanisms and bioactive molecules with high potential for industry uptake and clinical translation. By providing an overarching framework that links aligned areas of research strength from across the University, the Initiative will accelerate impactful research and enhance multi-disciplinary collaboration both within the University community and with broader health industry partners.

The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney is a leading Chemistry department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. With more than 30 academic staff, 100 research staff, and 100 research students we conduct research across the full spectrum of pure and applied chemistry. Our research excellence is recognised by numerous prizes and awards to individual staff members and the award of almost $10 million in research funding each year. With the support of over 30 professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Chemistry administers and delivers undergraduate teaching for more than 3 000 students. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity, and we are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

To learn more about the Drug Discovery Initiative, click here

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a

Postdoctoral Research Fellow who has:

  • the ability to work independently and in collaboration with team members
  • demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of innovative research
  • a working understanding of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters
  • strong problem-solving skills with the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • experience in carrying out literary searches and preparing literary reviews for further analysis.

Essential Experience:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in neuroscience or related field
  • skills in rodent handling, animal surgeries and neuroanatomy
  • preparation of animal ethics applications
  • experience in establishing, running and analysing in vivo models, e.g., gait analysis, rotarod, open field
  • experience in data collection, analysis, write-up and grant submissions
  • proven ability to conduct high quality research, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, and or a history of research excellence evidenced by prizes or awards, relative to experience
  • experience with diverse individuals and communities.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • experience with electrophysiological field mapping
  • experience with immunohistochemistry
  • experience with models of central nervous system injury
  • strong critical analysis skills.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Applications Close

Wednesday 17 August 2022 11:59 PM

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